Receives 2009 Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence from Points of Light Institute

Prestigious award recognizes the country’s top workplace volunteer programs and corporate commitment to service.’s 1/1/1 integrated philanthropy model supports employees in being catalysts for change.

SAN FRANCISCO - June 30, 2009 - [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing company, and the Foundation, the global leader in integrating philanthropy and business, today announced that the company has received this year’s prestigious Corporate Engagement Award from Points of Light Institute. The award is recognized as one of the oldest and most prestigious awards programs honoring outstanding employee volunteer programs. was honored along with Capital One Financial Corporation, Deloitte LLP, Eli Lilly and Company and Pinnacol Assurance for embracing service as a key strategy to meet social needs.

“It’s truly an honor to receive this award because supporting employee volunteerism is a cornerstone of our organization,” said Suzanne DiBianca, executive director of the Foundation. “We first won this award in 2002 when we were just 200 employees. I’m proud to see the payoff of our 1/1/1 philanthropy Model which has enabled our social impact to grow commensurably with the rapid growth and success of the company.”’s distinctive corporate philanthropy model called the “1/1/1 Model” harnesses the power of’s people, resources and technology through 1% Time, 1% Equity and 1% Product to improve its communities, inspire youth to be more successful, support the world during times of extreme need, and promote compassionate capitalism.

As part of 1% Time, all employees are given six paid days every year to volunteer in their communities. Since July of 2000, 85% of employees have collectively donated over 140,000 hours of their time and expertise back to the community (the national average of corporate volunteerism is less than 20%). Volunteer activities range from helping nonprofits utilize their donated licenses of Salesforce CRM to feeding the homeless, tutoring kids, and offering helping hands when the world is faced with natural disasters. In 2008, employees donated 43,894 hours, a 53% increase from the previous year.

“Working at allows me to combine my professional life with my interest in community service,” said Monica Norton, a employee. “It’s part of what makes different from other companies, and it’s evident in the culture of doers that work here. I really appreciate that the company makes it so easy to get involved in the community.”

“As we usher in this new era of civic engagement that has been building over the past year, we are now seeing a number of corporations really stepping up and answering the call of service,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute and co-founder of HandsOn Network. “It is truly inspiring to see these companies promoting service as a means of strengthening communities, and encouraging their employees to ignite the power within to make a positive difference.” The award was accepted by at a ceremony held Wednesday, June 24 at the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. A video of’s acceptance speech is available here.

About Points of Light Institute
Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. The Institute has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. We are organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas that help people act upon their power to make a difference. Points of Light Institute operates three dynamic business units that share our mission: HandsOn Network, MissionFish and the Civic Incubator.

About the Foundation
The Foundation is the global leader in integrating philanthropy and business through its 1/1/1 integrated philanthropy Model The 1/1/1 Model harnesses the power of’s people and technology through 1% Time, 1% Equity and 1% Product to increase the effectiveness of nonprofits in pursuing their social missions. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1999, employees have given more than 125,000 hours of their time; more than 5,500 nonprofits in 60 countries are using donated and discounted Salesforce CRM licenses as part of the Foundation’s 1% Product Donation Program; and numerous organizations are benefiting from technology-related grants. For more information on the Foundation, please visit

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